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Former President Donald Trump said that Joe Biden ‘doesn’t know where the hell he is’ and that he’s ‘giving up’ on Ukraine and should ‘recuse himself’ from the country altogether because of his son Hunter Biden‘s dealings with it. 

Trump returned on Saturday to Georgia, the state that has served as ground zero for his baseless claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him and now will test his enduring influence over the Republican Party. 

He took issue with what he felt was the media’s praise of how President Joe Biden has dealt with the Russian invasion in Ukraine. 

‘We have a president that has no idea what the hell he’s doing and has no idea even where he is. The fake news, they’re trying to say he’s acting brilliantly… Ukraine is being bombed to s–t!’ 

Trump added that ‘Ukraine would’ve never happened’ had he been president. 

He then went on to profess vindication over the New York Times verifying the Hunter Biden laptop story and said the President Biden should have nothing to do with the country because of his son’s dealings there. 

Former U.S. President Donald Trump holds a rally in Commerce, Georgia, U.S. March 26, 2022

Former U.S. President Donald Trump holds a rally in Commerce, Georgia, U.S. March 26, 2022

Former U.S. President Donald Trump holds a rally in Commerce, Georgia, U.S. March 26, 2022

President Donald Trump said that Joe Biden 'doesn't know where the hell he is' and that he's 'giving up' on Ukraine and should 'recuse himself' from the country altogether because of his son Hunter Biden's dealings with it

President Donald Trump said that Joe Biden 'doesn't know where the hell he is' and that he's 'giving up' on Ukraine and should 'recuse himself' from the country altogether because of his son Hunter Biden's dealings with it

President Donald Trump said that Joe Biden ‘doesn’t know where the hell he is’ and that he’s ‘giving up’ on Ukraine and should ‘recuse himself’ from the country altogether because of his son Hunter Biden’s dealings with it

‘Joe Biden should recuse himself from anything having to do with Ukraine because of how much money they’re getting from Ukraine,’ Trump said. ‘They’ve taken in a fortune!’    

Some of Trump’s closest allies in Washington were at the rally, including controversial Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who expressed a hope Trump would run again in 2024. 

Florida Representative Matt Gaetz was also in attendance, where he said he would nominate former President Trump for Speaker of the House if Republicans take back the house in November. 

The former president addressed many recent issues popular with conservatives, including the banning of Critical Race Theory, protecting women’s sports from transgender individuals and allowing parents the ability to veto ‘far left gender ideology’ from being taught in schools.

He also said dismissed climate change, though he noted he was an environmentalist ‘in the truest sense’ in that he wanted the cleanest water possible. 

Trump has invested significant political capital in Georgia, endorsing a slate of statewide candidates in an effort to oust Governor Brian Kemp and his allies for failing to reverse the presidential results two years ago.

Georgia’s May 24 primary election will provide perhaps the clearest assessment yet of Trump’s ability to play kingmaker in the 2022 elections.

It will also offer an early measure of how Republican candidates attempt to strike a balance between Trump’s obsession with the 2020 election and national Republican leaders’ preference to focus on President Joe Biden’s record in office.

‘This is a really hard test for him – and a crucial one,’ said Alan Abramowitz, a political science professor at Emory University in Atlanta. ‘Trump is still well liked by Republican voters, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are going to base their choice in a primary on his endorsement.’

Supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump listen to other Republican speakers during a rally at the Banks County Dragway

Supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump listen to other Republican speakers during a rally at the Banks County Dragway

Supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump listen to other Republican speakers during a rally at the Banks County Dragway

People attend a rally held by former U.S. President Donald Trump in Commerce, Georgia

People attend a rally held by former U.S. President Donald Trump in Commerce, Georgia

People attend a rally held by former U.S. President Donald Trump in Commerce, Georgia

'Joe Biden should recuse himself from anything having to do with Ukraine because of how much money they're getting from Ukraine,' Trump said. 'They've taken in a fortune!'

'Joe Biden should recuse himself from anything having to do with Ukraine because of how much money they're getting from Ukraine,' Trump said. 'They've taken in a fortune!'

‘Joe Biden should recuse himself from anything having to do with Ukraine because of how much money they’re getting from Ukraine,’ Trump said. ‘They’ve taken in a fortune!’

A woman paints half of her face to support former President Trump at Saturday's Georgia rally

A woman paints half of her face to support former President Trump at Saturday's Georgia rally

A woman paints half of her face to support former President Trump at Saturday’s Georgia rally

Trump’s heavy involvement reflects his frustration that Kemp, and other officials, refused to overturn the results in his favor. Biden won Georgia by less than a quarter of a percentage point, becoming the first Democrat to win the state in nearly 30 years.

Polls have shown Kemp holding a comfortable lead over Trump’s preferred candidate, former U.S. Senator David Perdue, despite Trump’s frequent criticisms of the incumbent governor.

In addition to Perdue, Trump has endorsed U.S. Representative Jody Hice, who is challenging Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. Raffensperger rejected Trump’s demand that he alter the outcome and declared the 2020 election fair and accurate after a series of audits and reviews.

Trump also endorsed down-ballot challengers for attorney general, lieutenant governor and even insurance commissioner, in each case siding with candidates taking on officials he blames for not fighting harder to substantiate his fraud claims.

‘What we’re starting to see is that his endorsement does not appear so far to be giving the type of automatic bump to candidates that we’ve seen in the past,’ said Amy Steigerwalt, a political science professor at Georgia State University.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump throws a MAGA hat into the crowd during his rally in Georgia

Former U.S. President Donald Trump throws a MAGA hat into the crowd during his rally in Georgia

Former U.S. President Donald Trump throws a MAGA hat into the crowd during his rally in Georgia

Trump has popularized his 'Make America Great Again' hat since he began running for president in 2015

Trump has popularized his 'Make America Great Again' hat since he began running for president in 2015

Trump has popularized his ‘Make America Great Again’ hat since he began running for president in 2015

One man passes by cardboard cutouts of former President Trump and his wife and former First Lady Melania Trump

One man passes by cardboard cutouts of former President Trump and his wife and former First Lady Melania Trump

One man passes by cardboard cutouts of former President Trump and his wife and former First Lady Melania Trump

A spokesperson for Perdue, who will speak at Saturday’s rally in Commerce, a small city northeast of Atlanta, said his support would only grow as more voters become aware of Trump’s endorsement.

A spokesperson for Trump did not respond to a request for comment.

Republicans worry that a split in the ranks could open the door for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, the voting rights activist who narrowly lost to Kemp in 2018, to win November’s rematch.

Some Republicans already believe Trump’s rhetoric following the November 2020 election helped cost the party twin Senate runoff elections in Georgia in January 2021, handing Democrats control of the chamber.

A spokesperson for Kemp’s campaign, Tate Mitchell, said, ‘Governor Kemp is focused on winning the endorsement of Georgia Republicans on May 24th and making sure Stacey Abrams is never our governor.’

Trump remains the party’s leading figure, and Republican candidates from across the country continue to seek his support. But he has made clear he expects his allies to commit to his false assertion that Biden’s victory in 2020 was illegitimate, a claim that has been repeatedly debunked by courts, vote audits and election officials.

Thomas Homan, former director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), speaks during the rally

Thomas Homan, former director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), speaks during the rally

Thomas Homan, former director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), speaks during the rally

Vernon Jones, candidate for Georgia's 10th Congressional District, speaks to the rallygoers

Vernon Jones, candidate for Georgia's 10th Congressional District, speaks to the rallygoers

Vernon Jones, candidate for Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, speaks to the rallygoers

Herschel Walker, U.S. Senate candidate and former football player at the University of Georgia, takes the stage

Herschel Walker, U.S. Senate candidate and former football player at the University of Georgia, takes the stage

Herschel Walker, U.S. Senate candidate and former football player at the University of Georgia, takes the stage

Former Rep. Doug Collins rests his hand in his chest during a rally held by former U.S. President Donald Trump

Former Rep. Doug Collins rests his hand in his chest during a rally held by former U.S. President Donald Trump

Former Rep. Doug Collins rests his hand in his chest during a rally held by former U.S. President Donald Trump

This event is a part of Trump's "Save America Rally" around the United States where several current Republican candidates or politicians have been announced to speak at the event

This event is a part of Trump's "Save America Rally" around the United States where several current Republican candidates or politicians have been announced to speak at the event

This event is a part of Trump’s “Save America Rally” around the United States where several current Republican candidates or politicians have been announced to speak at the event

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) greets supporters during a rally held by former U.S. President Donald Trump in Commerce, Georgia

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) greets supporters during a rally held by former U.S. President Donald Trump in Commerce, Georgia

U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) greets supporters during a rally held by former U.S. President Donald Trump in Commerce, Georgia

Georgia's gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Senator David Perdue speaks. Perdue lost to Jon Ossoff in 2020

Georgia's gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Senator David Perdue speaks. Perdue lost to Jon Ossoff in 2020

Georgia’s gubernatorial candidate and former U.S. Senator David Perdue speaks. Perdue lost to Jon Ossoff in 2020

Georgia Lieutenant Governor Burt Jones speaks ahead of President Trump at the Commerce rally

Georgia Lieutenant Governor Burt Jones speaks ahead of President Trump at the Commerce rally

 Georgia Lieutenant Governor Burt Jones speaks ahead of President Trump at the Commerce rally

Earlier this week, Trump rescinded his endorsement of U.S. Representative Mo Brooks for a Senate race in Alabama after Brooks told voters it was time to move on from the 2020 election.

In an interview with a conservative outlet ahead of Trump’s visit, Perdue – who lost his Senate seat in 2020 – said both his and Trump’s elections were ‘stolen,’ citing a lawsuit he has filed seeking to examine thousands of ballots in Fulton County.

County election officials have said there were no irregularities in the count.

Some Republicans, including Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, have urged the party to put 2020 behind it and focus on Biden’s performance. Historically, the party that occupies the White House has lost seats in Congress during a president’s first midterm election.

Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan, a Republican who is not running for reelection, founded a group, GOP 2.0, aimed at moving the party beyond Trump.

The organization released an advertisement this week attacking Trump and Perdue for preferring to talk about ‘conspiracy theories and past losses’ rather than offering a vision for the future.

Source: Daily Mail

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